Twins 11, Orioles 1
-- Todd Sears and Michael Restovich hit two-run homers off Pat Hentgen, and Jose Morban connected off Omar Daal as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 11-1, today.
Hentgen allowed five runs and seven hits in three innings. The former Cy Young Award winner is vying for a spot in the starting rotation after missing most of the 2002 season following elbow-ligament replacement surgery.
"I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty good," Hentgen said. "It's frustrating, but life goes on."
Sears homered on an 0-2 pitch in the first inning to stake the Twins to a 3-0 lead.
"I think my thought process was correct, I just didn't execute the pitch," Hentgen said. "If I make the pitch down and away like I'm trying to do, the outcome is different."
Restovich added a wind-blown shot in the third following a single by Michael Cuddyer, who had two hits and scored twice.
Hentgen still has plenty of time to show he's worthy of a spot in the Orioles' rotation, but thus far he's got a 10.80 ERA after giving up six runs in five innings.
Morban's three-run shot off Daal, projected to be the No. 2 man in the Baltimore rotation, made it 8-1 in the sixth.
The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Orioles, whose lone run came on a second-inning RBI single by B.J. Surhoff.